Scientists trace Caribbean currents


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The surface waters of the Caribbean may retain pollutants longer than existing current charts suggest, according to Robert Molinari of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Molinari based this conclusion on a recent study which used satellite-tracked buoys to trace the circulation of the region.

Molinari said that Caribbean surface currents were much more complicated than had been generally believed, so that water, and any pollutants it may receive, would tend to remain in the Caribbean for months before returning to the Atlantic through the Florida Straits. ‘This longer residence time has implications for environmental impact studies, since any pollutants discharged in the region would remain longer than previously assumed,’ he said.